Calls to the advertising and public relations departments of CNN, MSNBC, and CBS were not returned today, but it’s worth asking about current industry standards for vetting controversial political advertising, and whether or not such advertising jeopardizes the credibility of their news reporting. Please stay tuned: CJR will have more on this next week, once we are able to speak with representatives of the networks and cable TV stations.

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Curtis Brainard is the editor of The Observatory, CJR's online critique of science and environment reporting. Follow him on Twitter @cbrainard.